money tree - Knowledgebase Question

bolingbrook, Il
Question by jtorrez8
January 2, 2010
leaves are slowly turning yellow notice like fruit flys around plant need advice


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Answer from NGA
January 2, 2010

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Yellowing leaves can indicate over or under watering or might be a sign of insect feeding. Carefully inspect the undersides of the leaves for insects. If you see none, I suspect the problem is with your watering practices. The little flying insects are most likely fungus gnats. These little pests feed and breed in decaying organic matter which makes potting soil a perfect home for them. If you can place a barrier between the pests and the soil by covering over the soil with sand or gravel, you can break the feeding/breeding cycle. Or, you can use insecticidal soap or a product called Gnatrol as a soil drench. This will eventually kill off the little pests. Good luck with your money tree!

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